A new geosequestration research facility will be developed in Western Australia to study advance carbon storage technologies.
The announcement of the new national Geosequestration Laboratory (NGL) was supported by WA mines minister Norman Moore.
“I welcome the Federal Government’s $48million funding announcement for the facility, which is co-sponsored by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP),” Moore said.
“The department will provide $400,000 operating expenditure over two years to enable close co-operation between CCS projects and the researchers undertaking studies on their behalf.”
Moore explained that the facility will act as a 'hub and spoke' model, and will pbe part of the Australian Resources Research Centre at Technology Park, Knesington, WA, along with other nodes to form an overall facility.
This first NGL will house a carbon capture and storage geophysics and geochemistry research facility.
“DMP played an active role in establishing this project and, together with the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance (WA:ERA) and partners, led a delegation to Canberra in 2010 to discuss funding,” he said.
"The facility will provide critical research and support Australia’s first CCS Flagship, the South West Hub Project, and other national and international CCS projects."
Its first role will be a detailed analysis of the core and electronic data from the recently completed Harvey 1 Well.